Senate Designates January as National One Health Awareness Month

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution on December 19 proclaiming January 2020 “National One Health Awareness Month” to promote collaboration among public, animal, and environmental health scientists.

“By using the ‘One Health‘ approach, global health issues, including antibiotic resistance and the spread of infectious diseases, can be more easily addressed,” said Democratic California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who co-sponsored the Senate resolution with Republican Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, in a Dec. 20 version.

“We hope our resolution will draw attention to the need for holistic approaches to addressing human health that consider changes in environmental and animal health,” Feinstein continued. “With dwindling resources and a growing human population, tackling the problems with a ‘One Health’ approach must be encouraged now more than ever.”

“The health of our population depends on the interconnectedness of people, animals and the environment,” McSally said. “I was pleased to join Senator Feinstein in presenting this resolution designating the month of January as National One Health Awareness Month to promote ‘One Health’ and his growing collaboration to make our world a better place. healthy.”

Dr. Deborah Thomson is the 2019-2020 AVMA Fellow working in Feinstein’s office. Every day, she uses her clinical veterinary knowledge and One Health training while working on a range of federal policies, including animal welfare, public health, and environmental issues.

The text of the Senate resolution reads as follows:

Designate January 2020 as “National One Health Awareness Month” to promote awareness of collaborative public health, animal health, and environmental health organizations across the United States and to recognize critical contributions of these organizations in the future of the United States.

Whereas One Health is a collaborative, multi-sector and trans-disciplinary approach, working at local, regional, national and global levels, with the aim of achieving optimal health outcomes by recognizing the interconnectedness between people, animals, plants and their common environment;

Whereas the mission of One Health is to establish closer professional interactions, collaborations and educational opportunities between the various medical, veterinary and environmental health professions and their related scientific professions to simultaneously improve public health, animal health and environmental health;

Considering that the growing threats posed by emerging diseases shared between animals and humans, food-borne, vector-borne and water-borne diseases, and other environmental factors may support the need for an integrated effort by professionals from multiple disciplines , including health, science, technology and engineering;

Whereas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 75% of new or emerging infectious diseases in humans are spread by animals;

Whereas, each year, the One Health International Day is November 3; and

Considering that One Health is essential to combat and strengthen the surveillance of emerging and re-emerging diseases: Whether it is now

Be it resolved that the Senate designate January 2020 as National One Health Awareness Month to:

  1. promote awareness of organizations that focus on One Health efforts to improve the quality of life for people and animals;
  2. recognize the efforts made by these organizations in using a One Health approach to prevent outbreaks; and
  3. recognize the importance of using the One Health approach to simultaneously protect the health of people, animals, plants, and the environment in the United States.

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